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With this book in hand, readers of any age will discover — just outside their own doors, no matter where they live—a world they never knew existed. Stunning photography is combined with expert information to create an up-close-and-personal tour of the hidden lives of spiders, beetles, butterflies, moths, crickets, dragonflies, damselflies, grasshoppers, aphids, and many other backyard residents. You won’t believe your eyes! Each creature is shown in its natural setting, and many are shown progressing through the stages of their life cycles. This is a one-of-a-kind look at some of life’s most fascinating mysteries — surprising, captivating, and perfect for nature lovers of all ages.

Published: Storey Publishing an imprint of Workman eBooks on Jun 30, 2011
ISBN: 9781603427074
List price: $14.95
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I'm not a big fan of bugs, but I am fascinated with this book- bugs have seriously never looked so good!The Secret Lives of Backyard Bugs is brightly illustrated introduction to butterflies, moths, spiders, dragonflies, crickets, ants and all the little critters that occupy our lawns and gardens. Full of interesting facts and explanations, this is a terrific guide for any backyard explorer. The up-close photography is stunning, making the pictures in this book alone worth a second look... but learning the habits and habitats of the bugs is a true delight. My 8 and 10 year-old boys enjoyed reading through The Secret Lives of Backyard Bugs and have since given it a thorough workout by taking it on their recent hikes to mark off the insects they discover along the way. The authors, Burris and Richards, have captured amazing sights such as the tiny white eggs of a lightning bug and an Eastern Black Swallowtail butterfly midway through its molt. I particularly like that the photography makes all the bugs look artistic, rather than creepy-crawly!Overall- absolutley enjoyable! A must-add to any summer reading list or school library.read more
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A wonderful book about common garden insects. What sets it apart from others in dealing with moths and butterflies is the extensive collection of photos of larvae, besides the adult forms. The fact that so much space is given to the moths is also appreciated. These very important pollinators are often overlooked in basic insect guides. Planning a garden opens up consideration of plant selection for these night flying pollinators.MGPread more
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I'm not a big fan of bugs, but I am fascinated with this book- bugs have seriously never looked so good!The Secret Lives of Backyard Bugs is brightly illustrated introduction to butterflies, moths, spiders, dragonflies, crickets, ants and all the little critters that occupy our lawns and gardens. Full of interesting facts and explanations, this is a terrific guide for any backyard explorer. The up-close photography is stunning, making the pictures in this book alone worth a second look... but learning the habits and habitats of the bugs is a true delight. My 8 and 10 year-old boys enjoyed reading through The Secret Lives of Backyard Bugs and have since given it a thorough workout by taking it on their recent hikes to mark off the insects they discover along the way. The authors, Burris and Richards, have captured amazing sights such as the tiny white eggs of a lightning bug and an Eastern Black Swallowtail butterfly midway through its molt. I particularly like that the photography makes all the bugs look artistic, rather than creepy-crawly!Overall- absolutley enjoyable! A must-add to any summer reading list or school library.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
A wonderful book about common garden insects. What sets it apart from others in dealing with moths and butterflies is the extensive collection of photos of larvae, besides the adult forms. The fact that so much space is given to the moths is also appreciated. These very important pollinators are often overlooked in basic insect guides. Planning a garden opens up consideration of plant selection for these night flying pollinators.MGP
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